Cheap Flights To Cork
Situated along the south-west coast of Ireland, the stunning region of Cork is a must-see destination, the third largest city in Ireland and frequented by visitors from around the world. The area was founded by the Bishop of Cork, known as the Finbar, in the 6th Century, although the modern region was not established until 915 A.D, when the Vikings settled there and established trading links and a community. By the 12th century, however, Anglo-Norman settlers invaded the area and during the Medieval period, the majority of the population was eradicated by the Bubonic Plague, often referred to as the 'Black Death'.
Today, this stunning city boasts an array of historical sites and places of interest, fine restaurants and eateries, pristine beaches flanked by majestic scenery and was voted the European Capital of Culture in 2005. Visit in June when the Cork Harbour Festival occurs to experience a nine-day extravaganza in celebration of the region's maritime heritage, the event is hosted at the harbour, which is the second largest in the world. The event features a selection of water-sports and competitions, live performances and workshops.
Things To Do
This picturesque region boasts an array of things to see and do; from eating in the finest restaurants to lounging on the beach before shopping in one of the region's many fabulous markets, this city has something for everyone.
- For the foodies
Situated on Princes Street, Quinlan's Seafood Bar boasts an impressive menu. Enjoy the sea views while feasting on the sumptuous sea bass in cream and garlic sauce and chef's signature desserts are award-winning.
- For the beach lovers
Bask in the sunshine on Garretstown Beach. This lovely beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and is a favourite with surfers. Despite the beach's popularity, it still remains rural and secluded.
- For the shopaholics
Spend hours browsing Mother Jones' Flea Market. This indoor market offers a plethora of vintage, antique and used items. The traders also sell jewellery, memorabilia and the market's cafe boasts the best homemade scones in the area.
Calander of events
Rich in history and culture, the city's festivals are attended by both the locals and visitors to the region each year.
- Cork Harbour Festival
Hosted in June, the Cork Harbour Festival spans nine days in total. The event celebrates the region's maritime heritage and festival goers are treated to a selection of water sports, competitions, workshops, live performances and parades.
- St Patrick's Day Festival
Hosted on 17th March and, as the name suggests, this a celebration of Ireland's beloved St Patrick. The streets burst with colour as the parades delight onlookers. Visit the festival's market or dance the night away to the live Irish music performances.
- Soul in the City Festival
Hosted in June and spanning three days, the Soul in the City Festival features live performances by the region's artists and those performers from further afield. Additionally, competitions, workshops and fireworks delight festival goers.